I've started to move the content from my 'old' websites about famous botanical artists to this website.
The first artist to arrive is Maria Sibylla Merian - a very special botanical and natural history artist.
Find out more about here on her NEW page About Maria Sibylla Merian - Botanical & Natural History Artist. (Part of the History section on Past Masters of Botanical Art & Illustration)
Her particular talent was to demonstrate the relationship between the insect world and the plants that formed part of their world. She recorded and illustrated the life cycles of 186 insect species.
She is also one of the pioneering female botanical artists who was a true European and a traveller. Her family were Swiss but she was born in Germany on April 2, 1647 and she later settled in Amsterdam.
The work for which she will always be remembered is Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. This book illustrated her findings about the Insects of Surinam and their relationship with plants and is published in Dutch and Latin.
The page includes:
The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall is currently hosting a botanical art exhibition by Mally Francis and her art group.
It's called "Remembering Heligan". The exhibition:
Mally Francis is Founder Chairman of the Eden Project Florilegium Society and is one of the botanical art tutors at the Eden Project. She is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. She has held regular Botanical Art courses in the studio at her house in the Lost Gardens of Heligan for 12 years. Her home also offers B&B for botanical artists coming a long way to visit Heligan and/or the exhibition.
The exhibition is also one of a number of events hapening at present to celebrate the Heligan Harvest.
Venue: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Dates: 19th September - 4th October 2015
Florum 2015 finishes today. Botanical artwork and floral artwork in a range of different media by some 60 artists can be seen in this virtual version - a slideshow on YouTube - of the exhibition which is on display at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.
Where: Kent Wildlife Trust, Sevenoaks Reserve, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks. Kent TN13 3DH
When: Until 5pm, Saturday 19th September 2015
Many botanical artists are now focusing their efforts on the natural history and bee-friendly plants which assist pollination - and the continued survival of plants in their environment.
Consequently, if you're an artist who specialises in botanical and natural history art, it's very nice to have your artwork used for the front cover of the new National Pollinator Plan for where you live!
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was published today
Ireland joins a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination service
Reecent events have highlighted Richard III's (1452-1485) association with Leicester and have inspired the subject matter for "A Medieval Cornucopia" - the latest exhibition of the The Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators.
The theme of the exhibition concerns the culinary plants that would have been available to the Royal Plantagenet household and the aristocracy. Those with wealth and influence imported some highly prized and unusual spices and fruits at great expense in order to impress their guests and display their prosperity at vast banquets that incorporated national and international foods.
The paintings in the exhibition depict fruit, vegetables, nuts, fungi and herbs and spices. A lot of the food that was eaten in medieval times is very familiar to us now.
When: 25th September - 6th October 2015. Open 11.00 - 4.30 daily.
Where: Leicester's Guildhall - some parts of the building pre-date Richard III and date back to the 14th Century.
1) The Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators was created in 1987. The Society's President is Anne Marie Evans. The Society now numbers c.70 members - many of whom paint together each week at the Holbrook Road Memorial Hall, Leicester.
2) Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth, near Leicester. His body was found in 2012 buried underneath a Leicester car park. It was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015
Below you can see images from the latest exhibition of the Bath Society of Botanical Artists.
The Art of Pollination - Blooms, Butterflies and Bees is on display between 10am and 4pm at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Society until Monday 28th September (closed Sundays).
All the exhibits are paintings and drawings of plants that can be grown to promote pollination in flora and crops by bees and insects. More information about the exhibition is in my previous post Bath: The Art of Pollination
The Chelsea School of Botanical Art is a blog post containing:
You can also find details about the School on this website - on the Diplomas and Certificates page
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